Red Cross says over 25,000 IDPs in northern Nigeria
Reports from northern Nigeria say there is an uneasy calm, as police and security forces strictly enforce the 24-hour curfew imposed after post-election violence erupted, but a serious humanitarian crisis is developing.
Nigeria is struggling to come to terms with the deadly violence that erupted in many parts of the country shortly after incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan was declared the winner.
Angry youths, believed to be supporters of main opposition candidate and former military ruler, Muhamadu Buhari, are said to have gone on the rampage, attacking supporters of Jonathan with guns, knives and machetes.
One of the most affected areas is the Muslim-dominated northern side where Buhari received most of his votes. His supporters allegedly attacked real or perceived Jonathan supporters who fled their homes to seek refuge on university campuses, in churches and military barracks.
WADR Special Correspondent in the northern state of Kano said, the thousands of people displaced in police and military barracks were going hungry and lacked personal effects.
He said police and soldiers were patrolling the streets around the clock and that violators of the curfew imposed on Monday were being punished.
Reports say at least 85 people were killed with several injuries across the country. Schools and churches are also said to have been burnt in the affected areas.
For more on the humanitarian crisis, WADR's Sheriff Bojang, Jr. turned to Abdul Mairiga, Disater Management Coordinator of the Nigerian Red Cross.Tweet